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Under 18s are into the Youth Cup final 11/03/2008 20:54

The FA Youth Cup sponsored by E.On 2007/08 Semi Final 2nd Leg

Manchester City v Sunderland

Tuesday March 11, 2008, 7.00pm
The City of Manchester Stadium - Att: 3,228

Manchester City: Hartley, Trippier, McGivern, Boyata, Mee (c), Kay, Weiss, Tutte, Ball, Sturridge, McDermott.

unused subs: Nimely-Tchuimeni, Johansen, Ramsey, Tsiaklis, Mak.

Sunderland: Staples, Kay (R Noble 71), Liddle, L Noble, Cornforth, McArdle, Henderson, Colback (c), Hourihane, Waghorn, Luscombe (Hunter 80).

unused subs: Brown, Cook, Galer, Scott.

Goals: 0-1 (Henderson 15)

Bookings

City:

Sunderland: R Noble (82), Henderson (87), Colback (87), Hunter (87)

Referee: D Deadman

Summary

City are into the FA Youth Cup final - but only after a real scare. Sunderland took an early lead and looked the more confident side at times during the second leg, with City squandering several chances as well as looking nervous. But the Blues hung on with some resolute defending and they are now set to face either Chelsea or Aston Villa.

Pre match

City named an unchanged side from the one that started last Thursday's first leg.

The match

A rain squall just before 6.00pm had left patches of water on the pitch, but by kick off the weather had calmed down and we had a perfect night for football.

City looked comfortable from the off, having by far the most of the early play until they had the first good chance of the night on 13 minutes. McDermott’s free kick from the left of the box missed everyone before reaching Boyata, who possibly surprised to get the chance could not direct it past Staples.

But the sizeable home support was shocked when the visitors took the lead after a quarter of an hour. Jordan Henderson took aim from long range and his shot flew past Hartley’s left hand and into the top corner of the net. Most definitely game on!

With the goal rousing the fans, Weiss went on a jinking run just a minute later, and he was unlucky to see his low cross just elude the lurking Danny Sturridge in the six yard box.

Hartley kept the score at 0-1 on 25 minutes, making a fine stop with his feet from Jack Colback after the Sunderland striker had beaten the offside trap. The Blues put the pressure at the other end with a trio of corners, with the third just skimming Danny Sturridge’s head in a crowded area.

The highly-rated striker missed a great opportunity on 32 minutes after bursting into the area from the right hand flank. Shaping to get the ball onto his favoured left foot, he shot across the face of goal, but David Ball was free inside the area and he would have had a simple chance to score.

The pair combined well on 39 minutes, with Ball’s long crossfield pass finding Sturridge in space on the right of the area. With no blue shirts in the area, he could not be blamed for electing to shoot once again and his stabbed effort was just wide of the near post.

McDermott chipped over a tempting cross on 50 minutes that Sunderland keeper Staples took at the second attempt under pressure from David Ball. The City number nine was thwarted by Staples 60 seconds later, the keeper having raced out to the edge of the area to block after Ball had been put clean through.

City looked tentative, and on the hour goalscorer Henderson went close to levelling the tie, his left-footed volley just shaping away from the far post with Hartley beaten.

The home fans were getting tense, and two shots from Sturridge that were well wide of the target did not improve their mood.

We finally had a moment to remember with eight minutes left, when Danny Sturridge forced a good save from Staples after he had broken into the left of the area. The keeper’s parry fell to Kay, whose shot brought an even better save, this time a flying effort that deflected the ball over the bar.

As time began to run out for the visitors the game began to boil over, as Sunderland resorted to the physical approach from the first leg. They thought they were back on terms with just two minutes left when Colback fired home from the edge of the box, but the flag was up for offside to huge relief from City’s supporters, with three Sunderland players going in to the book for their protests.

After three minutes of stoppage time City were into the final, but Sunderland could count themselves unlucky on their display in the second leg.



Fantastic news, second time in three years, lets hope we can win it this time. Danny Sturridge is still playing, and along with David Ball have 11 goals in the Cup run so far. Vladimir Weiss on the wing is the main creative player, he's really skillful, and probably the one to watch from this current crop. Another talent is goalscoring left back Ryan McGivern who has 7 goals this season.

We will play either Chelsea or Villa, which is currently poised at 1-1 after the first leg. We've been in scinitillating form this run, last night aside, and hopefully this is the year.
 

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Good win, showing we can even do it without Sturridge. Ball gets his 30th of the season, and a well deserved cup win.

Vlad Weiss is a god, he'll be a real star. Best player on the pitch.
 

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Yeah, Weiss has a nice eye for a pass and a good appreciation of space to go with his natural ability at his age.

Of all the players on the pitch, he and Kakuta of the chavs struck me the most as future stars.
 

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He certainly works hard! Dunno about them making it, realistically, it's hard to see more than say, four making it at City and two at Chelsea. Seeing as those are the usual percentages.
 

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Ryan McGivern made his Northern Ireland debut tonight against Scotland, and was sent off :wallbang: But he's made his International debut before his City debut.

Ched Evans had a similar scenario. He'd only played 18 minutes in the Carling Cup for City when he made his Wales debut.
 

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Why can't the seniors do this?

Under 18s demolish Blackburn
03/11/2008 13:02

Our Under 18 side’s unbeaten start to the season has continued with another thumping win at the weekend.

Blackburn were swept aside 8-0 on home turf by a rampant Academy side, with goals coming courtesy of two each from Ahmad Benali, Alex Nimely-Tchuimeni and Chris Chantler, while Robbie Mak and Andrew Tutte chipped in with one each.

The young Blues have now rattled in 38 goals in 10 games, having put nine and six past Middlesbrough and Barnsley respectively.

Next up is a home game against second-placed Liverpool on Saturday – click here for the full table.

Team: Clegg, Trippier, Cunningham, Wabara, Boyata, Tutte (c), Benali (Redshaw 70), Ibrahim, Mak (Elabdellaoui 80), Nimely-Tchuimeni (Guidetti 80), Chantler.
 

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Good news. I've not followed much of the tournament so far. Now Sturridge and Weiss have graduated I don't know too many players. Alex Nimley-Tchiumeni and Robbie Mak are up front. Mak seems to be the star this time round. He played in last year's final and has already hit 25 goals this season. We do also have Trippier, Boyata, Tutte and Ibrahim from last year's final, and there's the Italian we signed last season Giudetti.

Come on City! :fero:
 

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City trounce AC Milan in Dallas Cup:

Dallas Cup Super Group - Manchester City 4 AC Milan 0
Published 4/5/2009 9:05:30 PM by Shane Barrow from soccermogul

Well it was not quite the match that everyone expected to open Dallas Cup XXX Super Group play. It was expected to be a cracker and instead it fell with a thud as Manchester City thoroughly outclassed AC Milan 4-0 in a match that was not nearly as close as the 4-0 showed. It could have been much, much worse.

AC Milan never seemed to want to come out and play. They sat back from the start and allowed Man City possession almost anywhere they wanted. Man City would make 10+ passes everytime they got ahold of the ball. All the possession eventually paid off as a long ball easily got behind the AC Milan defense. The keeper came out late allowing the #10 to chip him into the empty net.

The lead would hold up until halftime. The 2nd half opened just like the first. Manchester had the ball and AC Milan basically stood around and watched. The Manchester possession seemed to lull AC Milan to sleep and then bang. Another long ball got behind the Milan defense. This time the Man City player was dragged down in the box for a penalty kick. The #7 finished it perfectly.

Just two minutes later the #7 would strike again as he outraced the Milan defense and finished nicely for the 3-0 lead and game over. After the two quick goals the match died off. At one point Manchester City made 62 passes in a row before AC Milan could get ahold of the ball. It was that lopsided a match. Man City would score one more after that, but barely went forward anymore.

It was a terrible performance from such a famous side. Hopefully, AC Milan can put on a better display the rest of the week. Manchester City, on the other hand, looked very composed and definitely have a pair of forwards that will give anyone fits
62 passes in a row :D
 

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We're in the semi-final of the Dallas Cup, which is apparently rather prestigious and only invites the top academies from around the world.

We beat Milan 4-0, Tigres (coming from 2-0 down) 3-2, and Toronto Canada 4-0. Brilliant stuff. Alex Nimley-Tchiumeni and Robbie Mak are apparently tearing defences apart.
 

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Vladimir Weiss made his international debut last Wednesday against Northern Ireland. He set up the first goal and was Slovakia's Man of the Match. Congrats Vlad :thumbsup:
 
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